Woman in court over elderly Fife church member's death

Mary Logie - image courtesy of Police Scotland

A woman has appeared in court charged with the murder of Fife pensioner Mary Logie.

Sandra Weir has been accused of killing the 82-year-oldgrandmother, a member of Leven Parish Church, who was found dead inside her home at Green Gates in the town on January 5.

Detectives said Mrs Logie, who was known as Rae, was the victim of a "brutal and horrendous attack".

Weir, 40, of Green Gates, who is a neighbour of the pensioner, appeared on petition in private at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court this afternoon.

She made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody ahead of a second hearing next week.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "A 40-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with the murder of Mary Logie in Leven on Tuesday, 5th January.

The Rev Gilbert Nisbet of Leven Parish Church said he was relieved that someone had been arrested and charged.

"It is difficult to understand and the general reaction is now that the police have charged somebody, maybe we will get to the bottom of what happened," he added.

"People in the church were shocked by her death but are now trying to pick up and get on with their lives.

"There has been a lot of shaking of heads and people saying how terrible it is that it happened to someone they know.

"But as one of her friends put it, 'we cannot let this get us so down and we have to keep going'.

"That is the kind of spirit there is around here."

The minster described Mrs Logie as a "friendly, outgoing lady" who was very active in the church and Guild.

Speaking immediately after her death, Mr Nisbet said:"Mary was part of the church community and very much involved in the life of the church.

"I have been the minister here for nine years and she virtually came every Sunday and I would chat to her at the door.

"Mary was friendly and outgoing, a kind lady who was bright and interesting to talk to."